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Enemies Closer (2013)

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Deep within a forest on the U.S.-Canadian border, two sworn enemies must work together to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a drug shipment which went missing there.

Director:

Peter Hyams

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Everett Scott ... Henry
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Xander
Orlando Jones ... Clay
Linzey Cocker Linzey Cocker ... Kayla
Christopher Robbie Christopher Robbie ... Sanderson
Zachary Baharov ... Saul (as Zahari Baharov)
Dimo Alexiev Dimo Alexiev ... Morris
Kris Van Damme ... Francois
Vlado Mihailov Vlado Mihailov ... Jean (as Vladimir Mihailov)
Teodor Tsolov Teodor Tsolov ... Eto (as Teodor Tzolov)
Hristo Mitzkov Hristo Mitzkov ... Wooton
Ryan Spike Dauner Ryan Spike Dauner ... Spota (as Ryan Dauner - Spike)
Jonas Talkington Jonas Talkington ... I.C.E. Leader
Paul Jenkins Paul Jenkins ... I.C.E. Agent #1
Atanas Srebrev ... I.C.E. Agent #2
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Storyline

Forest ranger and Ex-Navy SEAL Henry is forced by the drug cartel to help retrieve a major shipment of drugs which went missing on the US-Canadian border. While in the woods, he runs into a man who has a vendetta against him, but both men must struggle to escape the forest and defeat the cartel, while at odds and at knife's edge with each other. Written by Anon

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Taglines:

Keep your friends close.

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aliança Mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jean-Claude Van Damme was not originally cast as the villain, but both his casting and the characterization of Xander as an eccentric madman were suggested by director Peter Hyams. See more »

Goofs

Upon discovering that their fellow CBP officers were killed, the proper protocol for the two officers who discovered the murders would have been to immediately draw their firearms to safeguard against a remaining potential threat AND to radio or phone for backup. The backup that arrived would have been substantial in the form of a sea of CBP officers and Border Patrol agents, with state, provincial, and local police arriving on "both sides of the border" to begin canvassing the area for the dangerous suspects. Instead, the two officers violated CBP's departmental protocol by not calling for backup, and pursuing the assailants by themselves through a dark forest. Not surprisingly, this ended up being a costly mistake. See more »

Quotes

Xander: You fucked up, baby. That's no good.
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Alternate Versions

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Connections

References The Untouchables (1987) See more »

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Van Damme is having a blast; he's the only reason to watch this.
27 January 2017 | by lnvictaSee all my reviews

Van Damme is one of the few big action stars today whose acting actually improves over time. Back in his Kickboxer days, he had some unintentionally hilarious line-readings, but he always had a boyish charm that helped keep his movies afloat even when there wasn't any action happening on the screen. Now, he's a perfectly capable, legitimate actor. His English has improved immensely which has a lot to do with it, but you can tell that he still has a genuine passion for acting (unlike guys like Bruce Willis who look bored whenever they're on camera). Enemies Closer sees Van Damme as a villain once again playing Xander, who looks like a French-Canadian Joker esque madman, and he milks the role for all it's worth. He's a joy to watch. Whether he's barking orders to his henchmen or whimsically taunting the protagonist, Van Damme is eccentric and arresting for every moment that he's on screen. When he's not on screen, the life is sucked right out of the movie.

Everything else about this movie is bad. The protagonist is terrible, the dialogue is cringeworthy, every plot development feels forced and fabricated, even the lighting stood out to me as being exceptionally awful. You can barely see what the hell's going on half the time. The fight scenes, when they do happen, are entertaining enough. They're haphazardly edited though, which makes it hard to focus on anything for longer than half a second. And again, whenever Van Damme isn't on screen, the movie's momentum grinds to a dead stop. It's like watching a stage play and Van Damme is the hammy over-the-top lead gleefully dancing around the stage while everyone else is standing still in the background drearily reading off of cue cards.

If you're a die-hard Van Damme fan, go ahead and fast-forward through every scene he's not in. You won't miss anything important and you'll save yourself a lot of cringing and facepalming. His entrance and exit scenes in the film are particularly memorable and he's given a couple of fun villainous monologues. It's hard to fully enjoy Enemies Closer as a B-movie because it's so sloppy and gloomy; it never knows what tone to go for. And it doesn't help that none of the actors share the same conviction as Van Damme. The movie is mercifully short though, so if you are in the mood to watch Van Damme play the Joker and don't mind sitting through some atrocious dialogue-driven scenes, Enemies Closer isn't the worst way to spend 85 minutes.


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